Tutorial 1 - 4 Driver Commands

 

We now want to enter a schedule for our train to deliver the loaded coal wagons to the industry, so edit the Schedule Library rule.

If you already have a schedule then edit it. If not, click add schedule, and call it Coal to Powerstation.

In this schedule we want to add the following driver commands:

  1. Drive via trackmark - #Coal Token
  2. Set Path from TM to Loco (found in Shedmaster Appointed Task, near the top of the menu)
  3. Couple or Drive to End marker (found in Approach Target - TANE)
  4. Halt Train
  5. Wait for 5 seconds
  6. Decouple or release wagons (found in Shedmaster Appointed Task, this tells Shedmaster to only take the amount of wagons needed).
  7. Drive via trackmark - Engine Reverse
  8. Navigate to Powerstation - Coal drop off
  9. Unload
  10. Set S-Variable - Set Coal-Var - set,0 (Shedmaster now begins to monitor the industry for service requests again)
  11. Drive via trackmark - Yard Approach
  12. Drive to trackmark - Train Reverse
  13. Move forward - the length of the train (found in Approach Target - TANE)
  14. [Drive via trackmark - #Coal Token ] (Optional command, as the next command sets the train direction automatically)
  15. Set path from TM to Loco (found in Shedmaster Appointed Task, about half-way down the menu)
  16. Couple or Drive to END marker (found in Approach Target - TANE)
  17. Reverse Train Direction (found in Special Instuctions, near the top of the menu)
  18. Decouple Locomotive (found in Shedmaster Appointed Task, General Commands, towards the bottom of the menu)
  19. Wait for 5 seconds
  20. Drive to trackmark Engine Reverse
  21. Reverse Train Direction (found in Special Instuctions, near the top of the menu)
  22. Approach Target Mark: wide spacing-MPD1A (found in Approach Target - TANE, at the top. Try different spacings)

With commands 2 and 15 it is important that you use the correct menu option. For source sidings (fetching wagons), use the commands in the blue area; for deposit sidings (dropping off wagons) use the commands in the red area.

shedmaster_commands

You may have noticed we haven't used Token Management; this is because we only have one engine. If we are using more than engine then they might get in each other's way. The solution is to force each engine to wait until permission is granted to use the track, using Token Management 2 driver comand. Using TM2 is dealt with in the next tutorial.

complete schedule

The schedule may seem long winded, but you only have to enter the commands once, and any engine in the MPD will use the same schedule.

The schedule included in the Examples section is slightly different as the session is fine-tuned from time to time.